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OEHN Careers

Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) positions vary with the type of employer and the applicant’s experience, education, and interests.  Occupational and Environmental Health Nurses work in global corporations, hospitals and health care systems, federal and state public health agencies, insurance carriers, universities, and consulting firms. Professional roles include developing, managing and evaluating programs and health services in illness and injury prevention and management, conducting injury and illness surveillance and applied research, designing policies and programs in health protection and promotion, case management, and OEHN workforce education.

The field of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing is constantly evolving to meet the health and safety needs of the nation’s workforce. Current trends shaping occupational and environmental health include an increasing number of workplace hazards (including chemical, physical, psychosocial, and biological agents), decreasing governmental regulations, escalating health care costs, an increased prevalence of chronic disease and injury in an aging workforce, public demands for health insurance reform, environmental protection and sustainability, and an increasing emphasis on global health. These factors have all converged into a greater need for employers to protect and promote the well-being of workers and to minimize adverse consequences from the work environment. Occupational and environmental health nurses are uniquely prepared to address these concerns.

Read “What is an Occupational and Environmental Health Nurse” to learn more about working in the field of OEHN.


View Alumni Profiles to read what our OEHN alumni have to say about their current careers and their educational experience at the University of Minnesota.


The job opportunities are excellent and particularly broad for the graduate-level occupational and environmental health nurse. Career opportunities are available in manufacturing industries, insurance companies, consulting and educational organizations, clinics, hospitals, government agencies, and labor organizations. Opportunities are most prevalent in large urban areas and there is a nationwide demand for doctorally-prepared occupational and environmental health nursing specialists in academia. The jobs continue to evolve as the needs of organizations evolve and as organizations gain greater appreciation of the value of occupational and environmental health nurses.


Occupational Health Nurse salary ranges for nurses with a Master’s Degree: $79,408 – $84,131 (from salary.com)